Popularizing STEM | Keynotes


Charles Adler
is professor of physics at St. Mary’s College, Maryland

Chuck has been a member of the Physics faculty at St. Mary’s College for the past 23 years. He received his doctorate in laser physics from Brown University in 1992. He is the author of over 40 scientific papers and the popular book Wizards, Aliens and Starships: Physics and Math in Fantasy and Science Fiction. The book won several awards, including the 2015 Science Communication Award of the American Institute of Physics. His Great Courses lecture series, “How Science Shapes Science Fiction,” was recently released by the Teaching Company.


Stina Attebery is lecturer at the California Polytechnic State University

Stina received her doctorate from the University of California, Riverside in 2020. She specializes in science and technology studies (STS), ecocriticism, and media and game studies, with a particular focus on Indigenous STS. She’s currently working on two projects: Data Earth: Digital Animals in the Age of Extinction, which looks at the digital aesthetics of extinction art, and Refuse Ecologies: Indigenous Posthumanism in Polluted Futures, which explores pollution and the posthuman in Indigenous futurisms. She serves as the Division Head for Film and Television for the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts and as an external editorial board member for Studies in the Fantastic.



André Brock
is associate professor of media studies at Georgia Tech

André writes on Western technoculture, and Black  cybercultures; his scholarship examines race in social media, videogames, weblogs, and other digital media. His book, Distributed Blackness: African American Cybercultures (NYU Press 2020), the 2021 winner of the Harry Shaw and Katrina Hazzard-Donald Award for Outstanding Work in African-American Popular Culture Studies, theorizes Black everyday lives mediated by networked technologies.


Gerry Canavan is associate professor at Marquette University

Gerry is an associate professor of twentieth- and twenty-first-century literature in the Department of English at Marquette University, and the author of Octavia E. Butler (University of Illinois Press, 2016). He is the co-editor of Green Planets: Ecology and Science Fiction, The Cambridge Companion to American Science Fiction, and The Cambridge History of Science Fiction, and also serves as an editor at two academic journals focused on science fiction studies: Extrapolationand Science Fiction Film and Television.

Emily Cox-Palmer-White is an independent post-doctoral researcher

Emily has been specialising in gender theory, science fiction and philosophy. Her research is concerned with developing new avenues in feminist philosophy using the work of Giorgio Agamben and Gilles Deleuze. She also writes on the relationship between gender theory, posthumanism and female robots in science fiction and real-world technology. She has been awarded the SFRA Support a New Scholar Grant and is a winner of Foundation’s essay competition. Her book The Biopolitics of Gender in Science Fiction: Feminism and Female Machines was recently published by Routledge.

J. Jesse Ramírez is associate professor at the University of St. Gallen